Tamaraw Beach Resort: Stay in the Quiet Side of Puerto Galera
For our first night in Puerto Galera, which we visited for the Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival, we decided to stay in a place that is quieter than White Beach. We ended up choosing Tamaraw Beach Resort, which is located at Aninuan, just a few minutes away from White Beach.
Compared to most of the accommodations that one can find in White Beach, Tamaraw is different in the sense that it offers an environment that is more relaxing. It was around 10 pm when we arrived at the hotel, which did not give us the immediate chance to roam around and see what the place can offer. By that time, the place was already quiet and people were already inside their rooms. If you are staying at White Beach, which is just opposite Aninuan, 10pm would mean a lot of noise as the beach parties get started. It’s the complete opposite at Tamaraw. At around 12mn, I was starving to have beer, but the latter is nowhere to be found. This has been quite a disappointment, but nothing big that would make me have a bad impression of the hotel.
The room given to us was at the third floor, just next to the stairs. We booked a Superior Room for 2,000 pesos. We made the booking in less than two weeks before our trip. The booking we had was good for two. I was surprised when I saw the room because of its size. It can actually fit an entire family as there are two double beds and 2 pull-out beds, although the latter do not at all seem to be comfortable for sleeping. The room has AC and was huge and painted with vibrant color. The bathroom has hot and cold shower and of pretty decent size. I specifically loved the veranda, which is a good place to relax. There are two chairs and a small table, which will give you a good view of the pool and the beach area.
Tamaraw Beach Resort has a swimming pool, though I find the way it was constructed to be quite odd. The pool has a rectangular shape with the water being only on the sides and the middle part being a raised concrete with a large logo and name of the resort.
If you do not fancy swimming in the pool, the best thing to do is to head to the beach. They have cottages on the shore, which will be perfect for relaxing or getting a tan. The beach is clean and the water is clear. I liked the beach because it is obviously less crowded than what you can expect from the neighboring White Beach.
Puerto Galera Hotels: Tamaraw Beach Resort
They have a restaurant located at the second floor of what appears to be the main hall of the resort. This is where we were served with buffet breakfast, which comes free with our accommodation. We also availed of their buffet lunch, which we had for 300 pesos. The food selection was minimal, but they tasted good. The restaurant is located quite far from the pool and beach area. This means that if you need a beer or a cocktail to match the scorching heat of the sun, you have to exert extra effort going to the bar, which also included climbing stairs.
Tamaraw Beach Resort is the perfect alternative to the crowded and noisy hotels located along White Beach. It is especially perfect for couples because of the intimacy that the environment offers. With a spacious room, relaxing beach, and affordable rate, I highly recommend this place for anyone looking for a good hotel in Puerto Galera.